So I bought one these climbers--this one very colorful--to hang on one of my walls.
I like the image of climbing and overcoming--with G-d's help--whatever obstacle is in our path.
It's not easy to climb and keep climbing, because the higher you go, the thinner the air, the more tired you get, and the further you have to fall!
But what I also realized about the image of the climber is that if you turn it on it's side, then the same person who is climbing...is now crawling.
What at times in life can be a beautiful climb up, at other times can be any of us on all fours.
There is no easy path straight up, although there is definitely one that can go straight down!
Sometimes, we are vertical--living and working hard trying to achieve something.
And other times, we are horizontal--resting, asleep, or even in a hospital bed fighting for our lives just to survive another moment or day.
When we climb, we may literally be trying to conquer mountains.
But when you crawl, you may literally be on the ground begging for mercy.
Climbing and crawling are really not that far apart in terms about 90 degrees and how quickly change can happen and a person goes from an upward trajectory to a more devastating one.
Some things to keep in mind...anchor your feet solidly and hold on to that rope tightly and even for dear life. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)